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Cheers
     

Cheers

3.8 9
by Obie Trice
 

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For Cheers, his debut album, Obie Trice had some tough acts to follow. Less than a year earlier, fellow Shady Records signee 50 Cent had released the year's best-selling rap album, and before that, Eminem's burgeoning label had a pair of other multi-platinum, hit-filled releases: his own The Eminem Show and the

Overview

For Cheers, his debut album, Obie Trice had some tough acts to follow. Less than a year earlier, fellow Shady Records signee 50 Cent had released the year's best-selling rap album, and before that, Eminem's burgeoning label had a pair of other multi-platinum, hit-filled releases: his own The Eminem Show and the 8 Mile soundtrack. Chances were, no matter how remarkable his album debut, Trice wasn't going to match the success of his predecessors -- not by a long shot. Perhaps that's why he begins his album with "Average Man," a standoffish statement-of-purpose that showcases his humble persona. Trice is certainly no "P.I.M.P." like 50, nor is he so self-important that he lashes out at "White America" like Eminem. He's just an "Average Man," a long-struggling rapper from Detroit who "rose from zero to hope." This theme of urban actualization informs the majority of Cheers: the evolution from nickel-and-dime hustling to big-time rapping ("Here's a toast to never looking back again...this is it, my niggas/This what we boast about," he raps on the title track). Discounting his affiliations, Trice is just another poor dude from the hood with nothing to lose, through and through, and that in itself is novel circa 2003, when innumerable ghetto-fabulous, Pinocchio-nosed rappers made a business of telling tall tales and gloating ad infinitum. Of course, it helps that Trice gets top-shelf productions from Eminem, Dr. Dre, and Timbaland, as well as high-profile features from Em, Dre, 50, Nate Dogg, and Busta Rhymes. Like 50's Get Rich or Die Tryin', which was similarly conceived by the Shady collective, Cheers is such a well-crafted album that it's a worthwhile listen regardless of whether or not you care much for the protagonist himself. Trice is a fine rapper -- thoughtful, sincere, gruff, and quick -- but perhaps a bit too "average" for casual rap listeners. In fact, you could call him middle-of-the-road: hardcore but not gangsta; swaggering but not big-pimpin'; witty but not hysterical; smart but not brilliant. That's okay, though. It's his persona -- he's the Everyman rapper. And besides, his producers more than compensate for his plainness, as does the solidness of his album. Cheers boasts 74 straight minutes of inventive production, original ideas, thought-out lyrics, and straight-up MCing -- even if it lacks outright hits à la "In da Club" or "Lose Yourself." So cheers, indeed -- to Trice, that is -- because his debut is quite an accomplishment and deserves accolade, even if it's not a commercial juggernaut like its fellow Shady releases.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/2003
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0602498607558
catalogNumber:
000110502
Rank:
36099

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Obie Trice   Primary Artist
Jeff Bass   Guitar
Luis Resto   Bass,Keyboards
Coco   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Timbaland   Vocals
Mike Elizondo   Keyboards
Fredwreck Nassar   Guitar,Keyboards
Definite 87 Ent   Vocals
Mike Dinkins   Bass
Steve King   Bass,Guitar

Technical Credits

Ernie Isley   Composer
Chris Jasper   Composer
Dr. Dre   Producer
Anne Dudley   Composer
Jeff Bass   Composer
Richard Hunt   Engineer
Luis Resto   Composer,Producer
Trevor Smith   Composer
Jimmy Douglas   Engineer
Timbaland   Producer
Mauricio Iragorri   Engineer
Mike Elizondo   Composer,Producer
Fredwreck Nassar   Producer
Andre Young   Composer
Eminem   Producer,Executive Producer
M. McLaren   Composer
T. Horn   Composer
Nancie Stern   Sample Clearance
N. Hale   Composer
Marshall Mathers   Composer
Denaun Porter   Composer,Producer
Obie Trice   Composer
Chris Clancy   Marketing
Steve King   Composer,Engineer

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Cheers 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
OB Trice's skills shown britghtly on this album. It's one of the best albums I've heard all year. Big ups!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a big Obie fan but I have to say this album is whack! With production from Eminem, Dr. Dre, and Timbaland, you would expect a lot better. If this CD sounded like The Eminem Show (which Eminem produced all but 2 songs) or Dr. Dre 2001, I would have bought it already. I can't believe I waited 2 years for this!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LIKE "GOT SOME TEETH" AND LIKED EMINEM AND DRE'S PERFORMANCE, BUT ALOT OF THE SONGS WERE DULL. GOT SOME BOMB BEATS THOUGH.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The over all tone for this CD is a very quick upbeat one. The rhymes flow well with a heavy dose of Emenim. It's not as hardcore as fellow rappers albums, 50 cent or the slimone himself but should get it done. Lady may be the hidden gem. I would suggest purchasing this CD NOW!
Guest More than 1 year ago
really brings it back
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pretty good with some awesome tracks although most of the album is average. "**** hits the fan" with Doc. Dre is pretty good and "Don't COme Down" has to be the best song on the whole album. I was a little disapointed but overall, its a pretty good cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW...this BLOWS 50 CENT out of the water...Eminem has done it again...every track is worth listening too!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
there was quite a lot of hype over obies debut album,and overall i dont think he dissapointed,theres no doubt obie is a good rapper,maybe not a battle rapper or a poetic rhymer but he can deliver a nice and tight album,eminem,dre and timbalands production was flawless once again.the songs that stand out for me were dont come down and also eminems show stealing performance on we all die one day
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this CD. I didn't really know what to expect and I can tell u that it isn't as good as 50's Get Rich or Die Tryin or Em's Eminem Show, but it is pretty good. It's excellence can be partially credited to the many guest spots by such as Dr. Dre (S**T Hits the Fan)and many by Eminem and D12 (the best being the last song, Outro). I reccomend this for any Eminem and 50 fan--u won't be dissapointed.